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Media update, Jan. 22 through April 8, 2011

Here’s an update on Wagner College’s most recent coverage in the public media. For links to previous media updates (starting Nov. 19, 2008), CLICK HERE.
Jan. 22 — A NY1 story told of how Wagner College students, coordinated by Assistant Dean of Campus Life Curtis Wright, worked with United Activities Unlimited to teach students at P.S. 18 about the value of community. The program, which took place on Friday, Jan. 21, was held as an observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday earlier that week. CLICK HERE
Jan. 23 — Staten Island Advance arts editor Michael J. Fressola profiled Wagner College adjunct theater professor Susan Fenley. CLICK HERE
Feb. 1 — In a special account written for the Staten Island Advance, former Wagner College President Norman Smith described his escape from Egypt at the peak of the recent revolution. Smith has been working for the past several years on a new, American-style university to be opened in Alexandria. CLICK HERE
Feb. 3 — Last spring, Wagner College journalism student Ashraf Hasham wrote a feature story profiling fellow student (and Parker Towers Residence Hall night guard) Richie Williams as an assignment for the class taught by reporter/professor/former Alumni Office staffer Tevah Platt. Shortly after Commencement in May, the Staten Island Advance expressed an interest in publishing the story. Hasham waited. And waited. And, finally, his patience paid off: Hasham’s story about Richie Williams ‘10 was published in the North Shore section of the Advance. CLICK HERE
Feb. 8 — As the Egyptian revolution played itself out on the streets of Cairo, half a world away, New York 1 reporter Amanda Farinacci interviewed three Wagner College students whose families come from Egypt about the unrest in their home country: Andrew Boshra and Madonna Zaki, both 2010 graduates, and Marina Metry, a senior majoring in psychology. CLICK HERE
Feb. 24 — Staten Island Advance theater writer Jodi Lee Reifer previewed the Wagner College Theatre’s Main Stage production of “Smokey Joe’s Café.” CLICK HERE
Feb. 25 — The Staten Island Advance previewed an upcoming conference, organized in part by Wagner College history professor, Lori Weintrob, on the history of Staten Island. CLICK HERE
Feb. 27 — Staten Island Advance arts editor Michael J. Fressola previewed the upcoming Stage One production of “Loose Knit,” including an interview with director Mickey Tennenbaum. CLICK HERE
March issue — A two-page story in the March issue of Staten Island Parent magazine profiled Professor Laura Martocci’s anti-bullying initiative, SARA (Students Against Relational Aggression). CLICK HERE
March 1 — The Staten Island Advance previewed the upcoming April 14 appearance at Wagner College by former NYSE chief Dick Grasso. CLICK HERE
March 2 — New York Jewish Week, a weekly newspaper, profiled Wagner College urban studies professor and Jewish chaplain Rabbi Dr. Abe Unger, who is heading Staten Island’s new Office of Jewish Community Affairs. CLICK HERE
March 4 — When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted to give a budget address for the benefit of his constituents in Greater New York, what venue did he choose? Wagner College, of course! For the story in the next day’s Staten Island Advance by political editor Tom Wrobleski, CLICK HERE
March 13 — Advance reporter Stephanie Slepian reviewed the new book co-edited by Wagner College history professor Lori Weintrob, “Discovering Staten Island: A 350th Anniversary Commemorative History.” CLICK HERE
March 20 — A two-day conference marking the 350th anniversary of the European settlement of Staten Island, organized by a group co-chaired by Wagner College history professor Lori Weintrob, is highlighted in this story aired on New York 1. CLICK HERE
March 24 — NY1 featured a story by reporter Mara Montalbano on the latest census figures for the City of New York. Wagner College urban studies professor Abraham Unger was interviewed for his expertise on the unusual increase in Staten Island’s population over the past decade. CLICK HERE
March 27 — Advance arts editor Michael J. Fressola reviewed the current exhibition by Wagner College studio arts professor Jenny Toth on display in the Wagner Gallery. CLICK HERE
March 28 — Our friends at the theatrical news website,, previewed the upcoming Main Stage production of “Seussical the Musical” by the Wagner College Theatre. CLICK HERE
March 28 — A story in USA Today about college dorms doing double duty as conference venues for outside groups featured the expert commentary of Carole Lavinio, director of conferences for Wagner College’s Office of External Programs. CLICK HERE
March 29 — A Staten Island Advance story focused on the commencement speakers announced at the Island’s three colleges, including noted New York City historian Kenneth Jackson, who will speak at Wagner College’s commencement exercise on May 20. CLICK HERE
March 31 — The Advance Weekly Entertainment section previewed the upcoming Archeology Fair scheduled at Wagner College the following Sunday. CLICK HERE
April 1 — A portion of the Advance “Jewish Life” column highlighted the upcoming lecture by Rabbi Abe Unger to the Wagner College Chai Society. CLICK HERE
April 1 — Inside Higher Ed, one of the two leading daily news publications in the field of higher education, ran a story by reporter Allie Grasgreen on religious life at two colleges with historic ties to established religious denominations. One of the two colleges was our own Wagner College, ably represented by Provost Devorah Lieberman and Chaplain Richard Michael. CLICK HERE
April 3 — An online news blog featured a story on the Archeology Fair held that weekend at Wagner College. CLICK HERE
April 4 — For the fifth year in a row, Wagner College women staged a powderpuff football game to raise money for Autism Speaks, an autism education foundation. The April 3, 2011 fundraiser was reported in a news story on New York 1 the following day. CLICK HERE
April 7 — The weekly North Shore section of the Staten Island Advance highlighted a new science scholarship at Wagner College established through the generosity of the late Ben Certo ‘48, a chemistry graduate. CLICK HERE

    Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, directed by Professor Seymour Lachman, a political scholar and former New York state senator, is in a category by itself when it comes to recounting the college’s media coverage. The Carey Institute consistently generates more media coverage and placements than any other element of our community.
    Joshua Spivak, a Carey Institute research fellow, writes “op-eds” — opinion/editorial essays — on topics of current importance that are published in some of the nation’s great newspapers and magazines. He is in especially strong demand as an expert on recall elections. Here are Spivak’s most recent op-eds:

    Spivak is also in demand as an expert source for news stories around the country about recall elections:

    Seymour Lachman, director of the Carey Institute, was himself cited as a news source and, along with Robert Polner, the co-author of his political best-seller “The Man Who Saved New York,” was interviewed on New York 1’s “Inside City Hall” program and invited to share his opinion on a national news site’s op-ed page:
Jan. 26 — The NY1 interview focused on Lachman and Polner’s 2010 political biography of Hugh Carey, which had been hailed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a course map for how New York State could steer clear of rocky fiscal shoals in the wake of the Great Recession. CLICK HERE
Feb. 24 —The Economist cited Professor Lachman in a news story on newly inaugurated New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the unions he will have to woo to win support for his first budget. CLICK HERE
March 2 — AOL News — “Bankruptcy Is Not an Option” (op-ed) CLICK HERE

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